LONG TWILIGHT: Roger Federer has shelved retirement thoughts after his win in the Australian Open.
LONG TWILIGHT: Roger Federer has shelved retirement thoughts after his win in the Australian Open. MARTIN DIVISEK

Federer wants more wins like Flinders Park

TENNIS: Fleetingly, Roger Federer considered immediate retirement after his stunning Australian Open victory in January.

But after briefly contemplating exiting the sport in glory, the 35-year-old started planning for an indefinite twilight stay.

Federer has signed a three-year contract to play his hometown event in Basel, extending his career until 2019 - when he will be almost 40.

The Swiss magician told the New York Times he almost called time on his glorious career at Melbourne Park last month.

"I guess in a faraway place it (retirement) did cross my mind. 'How could I ever top this?'," he said.

"But then again, the joy was so big, and I kept on watching the reaction of my team when I won the match point in Australia and how they were jumping for joy.

"Unbelievable. So much fun. I feel like I want to go through it again."

Federer will resume next week in Dubai before tackling the US hardcourt swing through Indian Wells and Miami, still not fully recovered from the leg injury suffered at the Australian Open.

"I'm still not back in practice at 100%," he said.

"I have to be careful."

Federer said ending almost a five-year grand slam title drought made a fifth Melbourne Park title the most enjoyable of his career.

"This one definitely has had maybe the longest effect of any of the grand slam wins in my career," he said.

"I'm so happy because I didn't have to play in the following weeks. It's really allowed me to reflect and enjoy.

"In the past in 2003, when I won Wimbledon for the first time, I was in Gstaad the next day practising and stuff.

"It's very different this time. I'm still riding the wave, still feeling like I'm on cloud nine."

Federer's commitment to Basel - and beyond - offsets the doubts created with his post-match comments on Rod Laver Arena.

"I hope to see you next year. If not, this was a wonderful run here and I can't be more happy to have won tonight," he said.

The 18-time major winner clarified the remarks the following day, declaring he intends to defend his Open crown.

Federer's presence in Prague in a promotional capacity for the Laver Cup triggered a pre-sale sellout of all tickets.

News Corp Australia


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